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cruciferous Line breaks: cru¦cif¦er|ous
Pronunciation: /kruːˈsɪf(ə)rəs/

Definition of cruciferous in English:


Relating to or denoting plants of the cabbage family (Cruciferae).
Example sentences
  • Broccoli, along with cauliflower and cabbage, belongs to the family of plants known as cruciferous vegetables, which are rich with antioxidants.
  • DNA sequence variations of chalcone synthase and Apetala3 gene promoters from 22 cruciferous plant species were analyzed to identify putative conserved regulatory elements.
  • On the world scene, diamondback moth is ranked as the major insect pest of a large number of commercially grown cruciferous plants, including canola.


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Cruciferae (plural), from Latin crux, cruc- 'cross' + -fer 'bearing' (because the flowers have four equal petals arranged crosswise), + -ous.

Words that rhyme with cruciferous

carboniferous, coniferous, melliferous, odoriferous, pestiferous, somniferous, splendiferous, umbelliferous, vociferous
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